You win one World Series and suddenly everyone loves you.
Joe Sheehan: Mackowiak becomes the best bench player they have, and a very useful cog on a heavily right-handed team that doesn't have a ton of lefty sock, Thome aside. The fact that Marte wasn't ever going to be trusted with a real role again essentially makes it a free deal.
It's not a bad move for the Pirates, either. They actually have a sweet little bullpen, useful for protecting 3-2 deficits.
This doesn't require it's own thread, but is worth noting nonetheless. Tadahito Iguchi was officially named to Japan's WBC team on Friday. He joins fellow White Sox Freddy Garcia (Venezuela) and Mark Buehrle (USA) representing their home country in the WBC.